Careers Education Information and Guidance

CEIAG Statement

Independent Careers Information, Advice and Guidance is available to all students in Years 8 to 11. Certain groups of students are targeted at specific times in the year in order to help them see the value of making decisions for their future. Priority is given to disadvantaged students and those identified by the school as being the most vulnerable in an attempt to help them make decisions as early as possible.

IAG is supported through a service level agreement with New Horizons sourced through BWD authority and designated assistants are allocated to the school

A programme of IAG is co-ordinated by Mrs P Dean aided by the relevant head of year. Their role is to help support pupils in terms of organising further education interviews and offering valuable information about the opportunities available to them. She is on hand to support pupils towards their aspirations and goals whenever they need her. All students are encouraged to consider their future career choices carefully and some students decide to move to colleges, apprenticeships or directly to employment. The destinations in 2014/15 of 2013/14 KS4 pupils from the most recent ROL shows 96% of students sustained an education or employment/training destination with no variance for gender (96%) or disadvantaged students (96%). Pleckgate is above the national average of 94% overall, 93% for boys and 94% for girls and significantly above for disadvantaged students 87%.

The tutor programme includes activities to aid completion of a CV, guidance for students for the next stage in their education or employment and aims to ensure all students give careful consideration to their future career options including particular entry requirements.

Policy and Action Plan

1 | RATIONALE
The world of work and employment is changing rapidly. Young people face a bewildering range of career opportunities and an equally confusing amount of careers information as they progress within their school career. Given this environment, it is vital that our students have access to accurate, impartial and objective advice and guidance to inform choices about their future. The school must be able to help all individual pupils, irrespective of ability, to make informed decisions at all stages of their experience and development. Pleckgate High School takes the view that IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) must:

  • Empower young people to plan and manage their futures
  • Respond to the needs of the learner
  • Provide comprehensive information and advice
  • Raise aspirations
  • Actively promote equality of opportunity and challenges of stereotypes
  • Helps young people progress
  • Track and monitor all pupils including micro populations to ensure they receive appropriate IAG
  • Track and monitor NEET figures to ensure CEIAG procedures are fit for purpose

2 | DEFINITIONS
A career is a “course or progress through life, preparing for the next stage and advancing oneself”. Careers education, advice and guidance at Pleckgate is seen as “whole school” approaches and are key aspects of all pupils’ learning. It is our endeavour to support all pupils at all key stages through this challenge in order to help them to develop into well rounded individuals.

3 | AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Effective IAG will provide opportunities for pupils to:

  • Investigate and implement career/post school opportunities
  • Have the skills, knowledge and attitude to make well-informed, realistic decisions
  • Students should be able to plan their future choices and understand how to access IAG
  • Students should also understand how educational achievements are linked to maximising their potential future choices

4 | IMPLEMENTATION
In order for the aims of IAG to be implemented, the school will ensure that pupils will:

  • Gain an understanding of the world of work and will understand their entitlement to continued learning. This will be supported by our outside agencies and the skills that they can provide to our students through realistic advice and support
  • Have the opportunity for individual, impartial careers guidance interviews with the relevant support worker
  • Know and understand how to access sources of career/post school information and decision making support
  • Use action planning, recording of achievement and progress through a tutor time, super learning day and specific foci within curricula
  • All students from Year 10/11 are entitled to access individual information, advice and guidance
  • Year 9, students with Special Educational Needs (SEN), those classified as ‘at risk’ and or potentially NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) will have access to earlier interviews to assess any who need further intervention
  • IAG will also be delivered by outside speakers, taster days and formal assembly time. This information will then be further supported during regular tutor time sessions and meeting with assertive mentors when needed
  • SLT at parents’ evenings and option evenings will be provided where future matters can be discussed if there are any concerns.

5 | MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Evaluation has a crucial role to play in ensuring that the pupil’s needs are being met and in determining the extent to which the IAG programme is meeting its declared aims and outcomes. Evaluation of the IAG programme is an on-going and cyclical process and all aspects are regularly reviewed and monitored to inform future policy planning. Evaluation also includes the views of employers, training providers, governors, pupils and parents. Their views are elicited via, discussions, surveys and questionnaires
The IAG provision can review annually with relevant members of the School’s Leadership Team and the Careers and IAG Coordinator

6 | LINKS
The Careers policy should be read in conjunction with ‘Careers guidance and inspiration in schools’ document [DfE March 2015]. It also relates to the Inspiration vision statement’ published by the government in September 2013 and Ofsted’s ‘Going in the right direction report’ ‘Every Child Matters’, and Statutory Guidance: Impartial Careers Education 2010, Quality, Choice and Aspirations 2009.

7 | RESPONSIBILITIES
Governing body and specifically careers link governor: To ensure that the school is compliant with legislation and to enable an annual evaluation of careers within the school
Deputy Head Teacher (line manager of careers): To enable an annual evaluation of careers within the school ensuring a clear strategy for advice and guidance, this is appropriately resourced and meets the school’s legal requirements
Careers and IAG Coordinator to ensure that the school maintains its high level of IAG provision for all pupils at all times overseeing tutors ensuring the IAG is delivered
Form Tutors: To act as front line support, offer initial IAG and signpost to appropriate support/services
Pastoral Leaders: To oversee the teams they hold responsibility for and ensure appropriate IAG is delivered to all pupils within their managed areas working with the Careers and IAG Coordinator